Can cervical spinal stenosis affect your eyesight?
Cervical spinal stenosis is a spinal condition causing pain, weakness, or numbness in the arms, legs, or neck. Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve, and causes blurred or dimmed vision and pain. Wernicke's encephalopathy can cause confusion, lack of muscle coordination, and vision problems.
Spinal stenosis pain in the neck is called cervical spinal stenosis. This condition means that there is potential compression of the spinal cord. Unfortunately, the spinal cord compression can lead to serious problems such as extreme weakness, or even paralysis.
Social Security does have an official listing for lumbar spinal stenosis in its Listing of Impairments. If you meet the requirements in the listing, you can automatically qualify for disability benefits. You must: have pain in your lower back, buttocks, and thighs, with weakness in your lower extremities.
A pinched nerve from either a herniated disc or a bone spur rarely affects the legs. Cervical myelopathy can affect both the arms and the legs. Pressure on the spinal cord, as it runs through the cervical spine, can cause many symptoms. Cervical stenosis can cause weakness and spasticity in the legs.
For most people, the stenosis results from changes because of arthritis. The spinal canal may narrow. The open spaces between the vertebrae may start to get smaller. The tightness can pinch the spinal cord or the nerves around it, causing pain, tingling, or numbness in your legs, arms, or torso.
Treatment for Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy. Nonsurgical treatment for cervical stenosis with myelopathy typically includes one or more of the following: Pain medication. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may help relieve pain or discomfort.
Neck pain may be caused by disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, arthritis and, in rare cases, cancer or meningitis. Pain shoots down one arm. There is tingling, numbness or weakness in the arms or hands. Neck symptoms associated with leg weakness or loss of coordination in arms or legs.
Cervical stenosis can also cause infertility because sperm cannot pass through the cervix to fertilize the egg. After menopause, cervical stenosis may be present but not cause symptoms. A hematometra or pyometra can cause pain or cause the uterus to bulge. Sometimes women feel a lump in the pelvic area.
Typical symptoms reported by patients include: Dull pain in the neck or lower back when standing or walking. Radiating pain into the shoulders (often including headaches) if the cervical spine is affected (See Cervical Bone Spurs) Radiating pain into the rear and thigh if the lumbar spine is affected.
Myelopathy occurs from spinal stenosis that causes pressure on the spinal cord. If untreated, this can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage including paralysis and death. It can impinge nerve roots and cause pain, weakness, or sensory changes in either your arms or legs.
While often not the first symptom described, many individuals with a pinched nerve in the neck suffer from headaches. When the upper nerve roots are involved, the headache is described as a cervicogenic headache. Headaches caused by lower nerves in the neck are more common.
Cervical stenosis refers to when the spinal cord in the neck is compressed as a result of degenerative changes that occur with aging.
Cervical stenosis with myelopathy is often referred to more generally as cervical spondylosis with myelopathy or cervical spondylotic myelopathy. The term spondylosis refers to degeneration of the spine, whereas stenosis specifically refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal that can happen as a part of spondylosis.
Cervical nerves provide control and sensation to different parts of the body based on the spinal level from where they branch out. More specifically: C1, C2, and C3 (the first three cervical nerves) control the head and neck, including movements forward, backward, and to the sides.
Causes of spinal stenosis may include: Overgrowth of bone. Wear and tear damage from osteoarthritis on your spinal bones can prompt the formation of bone spurs, which can grow into the spinal canal. Paget's disease, a bone disease that usually affects adults, also can cause bone overgrowth in the spine.
Neck pain often accompanies cervical stenosis as the joints in the spine become arthritic and stiff. Occasionally, pinched nerves in the upper part of the neck may cause headaches. As the stenosis worsens, it may cause compression of the spinal cord itself.
Stenosis of uterine cervix. Cervical stenosis means that the opening in the cervix (the endocervical canal) is more narrow than is typical. In some cases, the endocervical canal may be completely closed. A stenosis is any passage in the body that is more narrow than it should typically be.
Cervical spinal stenosis with myleopathy is diagnosed when degenerative changes in the cervical spine cause spinal cord compression. The spinal cord is a nerve bundle that runs from the base of the brain to the low back. Over time, degenerative changes in the spine can cause the spinal canal to narrow.
Often the degeneration that causes bone spurs to form are the result of the normal aging process. Bone spurs can also lead to other spinal conditions such as: Spondylosis- a condition in which osteoarthritis and bone spurs cause degeneration of the vertebrae in your cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (low back)
The C5-C6 spinal segment, consisting of the C5 and C6 vertebrae along with the C5-C6 disc in between, is located just beneath the middle of the cervical spine, and helps provide the neck with structural support and flexibility.
A herniated disc can cause muscle spasms and pain in the neck or back, as well as radiating pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in the upper or lower extremities. While each of these symptoms causes its own level of discomfort, muscle spasms can prove especially irritating to some patients.
Updated: 2nd October 2019